Nitrate is a nitrogen compound that occurs naturally in soil, water, plants, and food. It may be formed when microorganisms
in the environment break down organic material such as plants, animal manure, and sewage. Nitrate can also be found in chemical
fertilizers. Nitrate can get into drinking water from runoff of farms, golf courses and lawns, or from landfills, animal
feedlots, and septic systems.
Drinking Water Nitrate, Number of Community Water Systems with MCL Violation
The New Jersey Maximum Contaminant Level for nitrate in drinking water is 10 milligrams per liter. Data are presented for
community water systems that reported test results for the specified time interval.There are over 600 community water systems in New Jersey.
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water;
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